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Types of O-Ring Failure


        An o-ring can fail for different reasons, whether it’s an improper compound selection or incompatibility with the o-ring groove design. By analyzing a failed o-ring and distinguishing the cause, one can make adjustments to the type of o-ring used and/or improve the equipment design to prevent sealing failure. 

       Below, we break down what is most commonly seen on failed o-rings, what causes these o-rings to fail, and what changes can be implemented to prevent this failure from happening in the application. 


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